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How to Have a Healthy Holiday: Resource Roundup

The last three months of the year hold a multitude of opportunities for overindulgence and weight gain – from Halloween treats to big Thanksgiving dinners to the champagne toast on December 31. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Americans gain one to two pounds on average during the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Recipes: Tradition and Trials on the Menu

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so I’m thinking about what’s going to be on the table this year. I love to carry on family traditions, so there will definitely be a roasted turkey with sausage stuffing as well as a side of oyster stuffing. But there are a few things we’ve found over the past couple years that are making the menu this year and a couple of new recipes I’m going to try.

Why is There Corn in My Caramel Apple?

Caramel apples were always a special fall treat in our house. We would go to the apple orchard and pick the most perfect McIntosh apples we could find. The smell of the apples in the house would taunt my sister and me in anticipation of an afternoon in the kitchen making caramel.

Summer Food Trends For Life: Learning How to Pair Foods for BBQs

There was a time when I would have paired southern style potato salad, baked beans, sweet gherkins, watermelon and a dessert with the BBQ ribs. I’m fortunate to have learned a few things about moderating sweeteners in my diet and glad that my kids’ palates have evolved as well as mine.

New Study Shows Added Sugars Are Equal When It Comes to Counting Calories

A new study published in Nutrition Journal this week bears the enticing message: If you are trying to lose weight, reduce your caloric intake, exercise and don’t stress about what type of added sweeteners are in the foods and beverages you consume.

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Responsible For A Dramatic Spike In Autism Rates?

A review of existing research published in Clinical Epigenetics last month has generated quite a stir of dramatic headlines like “New Study Links Autism To High-Fructose Corn Syrup” and “High Fructose Corn Syrup And Maternal Obesity: Autism Causes?” Having a son in the autism spectrum disorder and working for the Corn Refiners Association made the news a real attention grabber for me and I’m sure for anyone else who is personally connected to autism. It’s very important that we try to understand the variables that we can modify in our lives and environment to reduce risks of autism and other disorders and diseases. But what happens when people think there’s a silver bullet and modify their lifestyles only to learn that the bullet was the wrong one? That’s why integrity in science and the media is important, but we have some work to do there.
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